Colorado Hunting Photos & Stories

Every hunter likes to share stories about their experiences afield and many hunters like to hear these stories. The Photos & Stories section of BigGameHunt.net (BGH) allows hunters to share their hunting adventures in the form of stories and photos. Please feel free to browse, read, and contribute to this section of BGH.
Another One Gets Hooked For Life
Hawkeye

My roommate Dan is a fellow member of the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. Instead of majoring in wildlife biology though, he has studied forestry for the last four years. All natural resource majors at CSU are required to attend a five week field course during one of their summers. CSU’s mountain campus is located in the middle of Colorado’s north central mountains. It is an intensive class in which we are immersed in the five major disciplines of natural resource management; forestry, range, watershed, recreation and of course wildlife.

A Battle Worthy of National Geographic
Hawkeye

The year 2010 was an interesting but productive one for my big game hunting. It was only the second time (and just so happened to be the second consecutive year) that I completed the mule deer, elk and pronghorn trifecta. My family’s pronghorn hunting group, along with some new additions, made the trip up to the antelope rich prairie lands of Wyoming this past October. And as luck would have it, we would limit out. This is the story of my quick, but exciting 2010 pronghorn hunt.

The Trade: An Elk for a White-Tail
Hawkeye

The White-tailed deer is king in this country. More hunters take to the fall every year in search of the deer with the distinctive white flag for a tail than any other big game animal. More White-tails are harvested each year than any other hunted big game animal. But it seems that the western species such as mule deer and elk are romanticized above all others. Some may call me and my family lucky because we get the opportunity to hunt our state for elk every year. And I will not deny that this opportunity is a gift.

Icing on the Cake
Hawkeye

I did a lot of complaining over the autumn of 2010 about the job that severely limited my ability to hunt (sorry guys!). But thanks to some great co-workers who were willing to cover me for three separate weekends throughout the fall, I was able to take my mule deer, pronghorn and elk. The elk hunt did not fall together until very late in the fall.

Surprise Hunt
cuffs68

My neighbor, Lonnie and I, went out for a coyote hunt this morning just north of our houses and had a great day.  We saw a total of nine coyotes, but couldn't call them in close enough for a shot, but what a day it was! 

Integrity: It Happens Now and Then
Hawkeye

This year was hard on me. I took a seasonal job in late August that really limited my ability to get out and hunt. But things seemed to fall together at the right times and I was able to get out just long enough to take my mule deer during muzzleloading season, my pronghorn up in Wyoming and my elk during a late season hunt. But there were a lot of hunts that I was planning on helping friends and family on that I was just not able to attend.

It's Him... Maybe Not
Hawkeye

My brother in law (BIL) works for a construction company here in Colorado and my brother is a construction management major here at Colorado State University. The first advice that my BIL gave to my little brother was that to make it in a construction firm, you either have to be a good golfer, or be a good hunter. Well, my brother was already a good hunter but his golf game definitely needs some work. So as you can imagine, my BIL comes into contact with a lot of guys that love to hunt.

My First Colorado Muley Buck
cuffs68

Every year since 1999 I have been hunting with my buddies, Larry Ray, Rick King, Paul Cackowski and Bruce Kirk.  We had been hunting the same area, usually during Colorado's third rifle season, but this year, 2003, we decided to try second season.  Especially, since Colorado's Division of Wildlife decided to add a couple of days and lengthen it to a nine day season.

Our camp was situated approximately four miles up from the trailhead and on the edge a beautiful meadow at 9,500 feet.  Just the perfect setting to get away from it all!

Indoctrinated Into the World of Hunting
Hawkeye

After two years of unsuccessful hunts, I finally became a tried and true big game hunter. It was my third year of hunting big game and I wasn’t ready for the flood of emotion that would flow over me after I took my first animal. We had decided to try a new area that I had never been to. It was an area that a couple guys in our group had hunted when they were greenhorns; about 30 years ago! The area is normally considered good mule deer habitat however and I was not worried about spending a couple preference points to get a shot at my first animal.

A Timberline Adventure
Hawkeye

When the topic of mule deer hunting comes up, different images flood different hunter’s minds due to the varied experiences that they may have had. When thinking about chasing these deer with the peculiar gate and larger than life ears, some hunters think of sneaking within 40 yards of a bedded buck in an attempt to slip an arrow into its vitals. Some hunters reminisce about slowly stalking through the aspens in mid September with a black powder rifle in their hands. The majority of hunters are more familiar with using a rifle to try and bag a mule deer buck.